Bloomfield ‘celebrity’ readers entertain Newark school kids

Bloomfield ‘celebrity’ readers entertain Newark school kids

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A group of Bloomfield residents participated in a “celebrity read” sponsored by the United Way on Tuesday, Feb 6. The venue was First Avenue School, in Newark, and the person who brought everyone together was former Bloomfield councilwoman Janice Litterio-Frazzano who as 1st Ward councilwoman, was known as Janice Maly. In a recent […]

Berry retires after 45 years in the borough court

Berry retires after 45 years in the borough court

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — After 45 years at the Glen Ridge Municipal Building, Stephen Berry retired as municipal court administrator Dec. 31, 2017. Berry grew up on Sherman Avenue with Mountainside Hospital in his background and attended Glen Ridge High School, Class of 1970. He began his employment with the borough as court clerk in January […]

East Orange’s loss of 3 veteran officers is Irvington’s gain

IRVINGTON, NJ — According to East Orange Police Division Officer Craig Epps, who is also the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Local 111 union that represents the rank-and-file members of his department, a couple of his fellow officers recently transferred to the Irvington Police Division in search of better pay, health benefits and […]

Local protesters arrested at Rep. Lance’s office

Local protesters arrested at Rep. Lance’s office

WESTFIELD, NJ — A half dozen activists seeking guarantees against deportation of those brought illegally into the United States as children were arrested at U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield on Feb. 5, the latest in a series of protests at the lawmaker’s district headquarters. The six, comprised of religious leaders and their followers, […]

Appeal of train station property is under way

Appeal of train station property is under way

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — An appeal by the township of a June 3, 2016, jury verdict which valued the historic train station property on Lackawanna Place at $2.9 million commenced in Trenton this past Tuesday morning, Feb. 13. The appeal was heard at the Superior Court of NJ, Appellate Division. The township, which condemned the property and […]

Defeo’s contract approved on second try

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved the contract of environmental compliance officer Wayne DeFeo at its Feb. 6 meeting, after voting it down at the Jan. 23 meeting. The resolution passed with a vote of 4-1, with Councilman Joe Krakoviak being the only opposing vote. Krakoviak, Councilwoman Michelle Casalino and council […]

‘for colored girls…’ brings black sisterhood to Maplewood

‘for colored girls…’ brings black sisterhood to Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This weekend, 4th Wall Theatre and the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood will kick off a new partnership in a theatrical celebration of Black History Month. The theater company will perform Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking play “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.” This show — a “choreopoem” — […]

Burns Night is huge success

Burns Night is huge success

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Club was transported to Scotland on Saturday, Feb. 3, to celebrate Burns Night, an international event that honors Scottish poet Robert Burns. The event was held by the MacWhannell family to celebrate Scottish culture and to support the Achieve Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for the South Orange-Maplewood […]